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Feature | Vision WA
pipeline, large-scale investment in agriculture, the
development of Fremantle Harbour, an extensive
rail network and even the national rail link, finally
completed in 1917.
It didn’t happen without great controversy.
Forrest was slandered in the press, victimised
by the newspapers of the day. The pipeline was
pilloried as the ravings of a madman. There we re
strikes in Kalgoorlie and a strong push for the
Goldfields to secede from WA as a separate colony
or join South Australia. There was even talk of the
north-west becoming a separate state as happened
in the east with the creation of Queensland.
Forrest was seen to be looking after his mates
in the city and wasting money on unworkable
projects in the bush. But the projects went forward
and WA is the better for it.
A century later,
Western Australia’s economy is again booming.
We need to develop quickly and people don’t
like it. Similar to the 1890s, we need people,
homes, office space, bars, restaurants, water,
infrastructure, bigger towns, a bigger capital.
And we need them yesterday.
In 2011, over 55,000 new residents settled in
WA and new housing development is not keeping
pace. Over $200 billion in industrial development
drives demand. The money is there and through the
Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and the new
DAPs (Development Assessment Panels) system,
local councils can now be effectively bypassed.
Many believe this is necessary, that State
priorities come before local politics, that the
waterfront and other public assets belong to the
city, not to the suburb. It prevents the ‘not in my
backyard’ mentality and allows greater density in
the city. Whether you agree or not, it has paved the
way for more rapid development.
Like it or not, the
interviewed for this
feature are shaping
the future of WA
So we thought it was essential to provide each
of them an opportunity to present a clear and
unfettered summary of their vision, an idea of
what we can expect for the future of WA.
Don’t mistake this for a critical review. This is
them having their say, trusting that their views
will be fairly represented and not hijacked with
a single phrase taken out of context, deliberately
misconstrued, sensationalised or turned into a
story that doesn’t exist.
Painting a vision, something for which
they can be held accountable, is just the first
step. Critiquing their views, reviewing their
track record and assessing their capacity and
their will to implement their vision is a story
that will be carried on through Scoop magazine,
Scoop Homes & Art magazine and our new web
portal, scoop.com.au .
Western Australia is on
the cusp of the greatest
phase of development
since the gold rush in
John Forrest was the Premier of the day and a real
visionary, pushing through major infrastructure
projects in the face of enormous opposition
to change, including the Perth to Kalgoorlie
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